West Leigh Juniors Weekly News 26th January 2024

Dear Parents and Carers,

This week, the children have continued to demonstrate good focus within lessons and have participated in a variety of extra activities. This has included a trip to the London Aquatic Centre for the Panathlon, a myriad of sporting events and a competitive house team basketball game which will count towards Sports Day later in the year.

Here's hoping the sun continues to shine this weekend,

Best wishes,

Cheryl Woolf

Executive Headteacher

Year 3

In English this week, Year 3 have enjoyed writing sections of the myth, Perseus and Medusa, with the aim to build tension and ‘show, not tell.’ They ended the week by writing a battle scene between the hero and monster and tried to include all that they had learned over the past two weeks. The year 3 teachers are looking forward to reading them as there were some fantastic ideas.

The children have revisited place value and counting on in multiples of a given number in maths. We recommend that the children listen to the ‘Maths with a Mouse’ times table songs at home too and use their fingers to count along.

As part of their Connected Curriculum learning, Year 3 studied human and physical geographical features of Greece. How many human and physical features can the children spot over the weekend? They also considered the question ‘What did the Ancient Greeks do for us?’ beginning to research their legacies of art and architecture, theatre, language and the Olympic games. They are looking forward to using and applying this research to their work next week.

In science, Year 3 carried out the investigation they had planned last week to test the impact friction has on different surfaces. The children used toy cars to test the different materials and some were very speedy!

Music has also been filling the corridor, particularly on a Thursday afternoon when the children have been enjoying their learning of the recorder; Hot Cross Buns is sounding great!

Year 4

The warmer weather we have been experiencing this week has certainly been a welcome improvement and the children have been able to get down to their learning much more quickly without having to thaw their fingers! As scientists, the children have studied liquids, comparing the properties to those of gases and solids. They were introduced to the term viscosity and experimented using liquids of different viscosity to investigate how this affected the 'ability' of the liquid to pour – one of the main properties of a liquid.

Our Connected Curriculum lessons have been positively delicious this week as the children have begun learning all about pizza! They were very excited to receive a message from Pizza Express asking them to design a new pizza with traditional Italian ingredients - with a twist! Through tasting a wide range of traditional Italian ingredients and researching different types of pizza, they have used their knowledge and creativity to design their own, giving it a suitable name. Later on this half term, we will be making pizza dough which we will send home with the children to construct, cook and taste.

Experimenting with different types of figurative language has enabled the children to write descriptive poems based upon a text. Using the beautiful picture book ‘Window’ by the Australian artist Jeannie Baker, we have studied the effect that human beings have upon the landscape around them. We have focused on using metaphor, similes and personification as well as looking at the structure of different types of poems – for example ‘The Eagle’ by Alfred Lord Tennyson and Robert Louis Stevenson’s ‘From A Railway Carriage’. The engaging pictures and the stories the children wove around them sparked such wonderful creativity and we were proud of their considered and thoughtful writing.

Properties of number has been our focus in maths lessons this week. Practising counting in 10, 100, 1000, 50 and 25’s and recognising these sequences has been an important part of this week's learning. The children have also reviewed negative numbers, solving sequences involving both these and positive numbers. We have also reviewed the formal methods of addition and subtraction.

Please note that 4G will be attending Coastal Schools on Monday 29th January and ask that they wear suitable clothing for the beach as well as bring waterproof shoes.

Year 5

We started off the week with a session from ‘Little Life Savers,’ a charitable body that came into school to teach the children some basic skills in saving lives. The sessions were fun and involved carrying out CPR on dummies and putting each other into the recovery position. We also practised calling the emergency services with clear explanations of the problem and details of where we were located.

Each class is now learning how to touch type, with 5J starting their sessions last week and 5K this week. Sessions will be delivered to the other two classes in the coming weeks.

In maths, we are consolidating our understanding of multiplication and division and working on fluency in mental calculation. We have also worked on the application of skills to problem-solving contexts.

We have started to write up our explanatory texts on space and the Solar System in English, applying the skills and incorporating the features we learnt last week.

In Connected Curriculum, we have started to learn about the organisation of Mayan Society. We have researched and are starting to plan, a headdress which we will craft in Modroc in the following weeks.

Letters sent home this week:

Year 6

In English, Year 6 have delved into the brilliance of "Malala's Magic Pencil." This captivating book has not only sparked their imaginations but has also unveiled the profound global impact of Malala. Inspired by her narrative, pupils are now contemplating ways to influence positive change.

Within maths, Year 6 have further considered the properties of numbers, honing in on factors and multiples, even playing many engaging and strategic games. They also refined their use of decimal calculations, equipping them to adeptly solve complex problems involving decimals.

Science has related to the creation of classification keys. Drawing on their prior learning, pupils actively participated in the intricate process of classifying living things. This hands-on experience deepened their appreciation for the work of eminent figures like Karl Linnaeus.

In art, meticulous planning is underway for their rainforest-inspired collage. This creative endeavour has enabled pupils to express their artistic talents while aligning with broader curriculum themes. Simultaneously, geography has had a focus on the diverse climates across Brazil. Through this exploration, pupils identified links between data and geographical features.

Online Safety

Anime is one of the most popular forms of media in the modern world. Fans span across multiple generations – with a particular emphasis on young people in the west, to whom the unique art style and over-the-top presentation greatly appeal. It takes many different forms – from movies to video games – but is most commonly presented in TV shows.

The cartoonish art style of anime can lead people to assume that all media of this type is child-friendly. While a good amount of anime fits this description, there’s just as much – if not more – that centres around deeply adult themes and topics, with scenes of extreme gore, disturbing horror, and sexual content. This week’s guide delves deep into this cultural phenomenon, identifying all risks parents and carers should be aware of.

Key Notices this Week:

Uniform reminder: Please ensure that when children wear trainers to school, they are completely black, with no coloured logos or mid-soles. Please also ensure that long hair is tied back, away from the face.

Parking: We would like to remind you not to park on the yellow lines surrounding the school. Parking on the yellow lines is causing all sorts of congestion at the traffic lights and at the junctions which in turn, is putting our children and school community in danger.

Panathlon Swimming Event

A great day was had by all at the London Aquatic Centre, including lots of fun, laughter and competitiveness. It isn’t until you attend these competitions you realise how lucky we are to have a swimming pool at our school. After an overall win, we came away with gold medals. The children all behaved well and were a credit to the school.

Hockey Friendly

On Tuesday of this week, nineteen Year 5 and 6 children were invited to play in a hockey friendly game against Alleyn Court at Old Southendians Hockey Club.

They thoroughly enjoyed the experience of playing on astro turf and seeing the size of the pitches! This was good preparation for the upcoming competitions next week.

West Leigh V. Bentley St Paul's

The Year 5/6 football squad competed in the next round of the Jim Smith Cup against Bentley St Paul's on Wednesday. It was a challenging fixture against an incredibly talented team. Unfortunately, West Leigh lost 5-1 but the team persevered right up until the final whistle. On another day, they might have had a few more goals. Well done team - there is plenty more football to come!

Basketball House Team Event

The second house team event of the year took place on Tuesday, led by the Sports and Team Captains. The children were out to stop Wyvern from winning after their victory in the speed bounce event before Christmas! It was fantastic to see children from all year groups eager to earn points for their house team.

The results are in...

  • Centicore (150 points)
  • Pegasus (131 points)
  • Phoenix (130 points)
  • Wyvern (120 points)

Well done, Centicore!

Inspirational Person

This half term's inspirational person is Mary-Grace Henry. As we consider the little things at school, she is an excellent example of someone who took small steps to achieve a tremendous goal that helped many. At the age of twelve years old, she set up her own business making and selling hair accessories to raise money to provide an education for girls in areas of poverty. With an initial goal of providing education for just one girl, Mary-Grace quickly surpassed this and sold over 11 000 hair accessories, funding education for many young girls.

Mary-Grace is inspirational as she has shown that focusing on the small steps can lead to success with a larger goal - and one that benefits a whole community. We can learn a lot from her advice: “My advice is just to begin. When you see a need, act. Dream big, but start small, taking little steps.”

Mary-Grace identified a need and came up with a solution, using small steps. Last half term, you identified problems/needs and decided which you would like to support by creating your own charity. Some of your brilliant ideas are below - thank you to all who took part in the Showbie challenge!

Your challenge this half term is to tell me the first three small steps that you would take to begin solving a problem and helping those who need your help. You can post these in the comments box in the 'Inspirational People' folder on Showbie.

Calling all Golfers!

West Leigh Junior School is looking for children to represent the school in a golf competition, which is for 'club standard' golfers, in the Summer term. Please contact the school office if your child plays at this level and is interested in competing in this event.


Following conversations with many parents at the RSE talks over the last fortnight, it became clear that some children are becoming increasingly obsessed with skincare and skincare regimes. In particular, children are requesting expensive skincare products that are not suitable for their young skin.

As a result, we have introduced a lesson in Years 5 and 6 where we explore this trend, identifying where it has come from and looking carefully at the expert advice.

The resources used within this lesson can be viewed using the following link, in case you wanted to follow this up further at home.

Dinner Menu

Week 2

Monday - Homemade Macaroni Cheese with Garlic Bread - Jacket Potato with Baked Beans, Cheese or Tuna Mayonnaise - Granary Baguette with Cheese - Sweetcorn, Coleslaw & Salad Bar - Fresh Fruit Yoghurt or Raspberry Mousse

Tuesday - Pork Sausage Toad in the Hole - Vegan Sausage Toad in the Hole - Jacket Potato with Baked Beans, Cheese or Tuna Mayonnaise - Mashed Potatoes, Garden Peas and Salad Bar - Fresh Fruit, Yoghurt or Fruit Jelly

Wednesday - Hunters Chicken (Chicken and Bacon in a BBQ Sauce) - Hunters Quorn (Quorn in a BBQ Sauce) - Jacket Potato with Baked Beans, Cheese to Tuna Mayonnaise - Rice, Sweetcorn and Salad bar - Fresh Fruit, Yoghurt or Cherry Chocolate Cake

Thursday - Minced Beef and Vegetable Puff Pastry Pie with Gravy - Winter Vegetable Puff Pastry Pie with Gravy - Jacket Potato with Baked Beans, Cheese to Tuna Mayonnaise - Roast Potatoes, Broccoli and Salad Bar - Fresh Fruit, Yoghurt or Cornflake Crunch

Friday - Chicken Nuggets - Vegetable Nuggets - Granary Baguette with Salmon & Sweetcorn - Diced Potatoes, Spaghetti Hoops and Salad Bar - Fresh Fruit, Yoghurt or Ice Cream.

Diary Dates

New dates in italics

January 2024

  • Monday 29th - Coastal Schools (4G)
  • Rescheduled Quiz Club Trials for Year 3
  • Tuesday 30th - Young Voices Concert for parents @ 2pm
  • Year 3/4 Father David Assembly
  • Years 5/6 football match versus Greenways - 2.45pm - 4.30pm
  • Wednesday 31st - Year 4 Water Safety Assembly
  • Year 5/6 Father David Assembly
  • Year 5/6 Hockey Competition 12.15 - 2.45pm @ Warners Bridge

February 2024

  • Thursday 1st - Joint Infant/Junior art project with a selection of Year 2 and 5 children
  • Friday 2nd - Year 3 to fields
  • Monday 5th - Years 5/6 Football V Greenways - 2.30pm - 4.20pm
  • Tuesday 6th - Year 6 Cyber safety Assembly
  • Year 6 Safer Internet Parent Quiz - 2.45pm - 3.15pm
  • Year 3 Book Look
  • Year 3/4 Boys' Football vs Rayleigh
  • Wednesday 7th -Year 5 Safer Internet Parent Quiz - 2.45pm - 3.15pm
  • Thursday 8th - Year 4 Safer Internet Parent Quiz
  • Friday 9th - Year 4 to Fields
  • Year 3 Safer Internet Parent Quiz - 2.45pm - 3.15pm
  • Tuesday 13th - Netball fixture @ Shoeburyness High School - 3.30pm - 5pm
  • Year 3/4 Football fixture @ Rayleigh Primary School - 3pm - 4.30pm
  • Friday 16th - INSET DAY
  • Monday 19th - 23rd - February Half Term
  • Monday 26th - Yr 5/6 Girls Football @ fields
  • Tuesday 27th - Cross Country Competition @ Alleyn Court 11am - 1pm
  • Tuesday 27th - Late Book Look (6pm - 6.30pm)
  • Thursday 29th - Year 5/6 Girls' Football vs Down Hall Primary - 3pm - 4.30pm
  • Year 5 Transition Meeting to Parents from 7.30pm

March 2024

  • Friday 1st - General Knowledge Quiz Club Area Heat
  • Years 3/4 Girls' Football @ Len Forge - 9.30am - 2.45pm
  • Monday 4th - Year 5/6 Girls' Football
  • Tuesday 5th - Year 3 presentation (3L & 3N)
  • School Council visiting House of Parliament
  • Year 3/4 Father David Assembly
  • Year 6 Book Look
  • Year 5/6 Boys' Football vs Down Hall
  • Wednesday 6th - Year 5/6 Father David Assembly
  • Thursday 7th - Year 3 presentation( 3M & 3T)
  • Year 3/4 Girls' Football vs Rayleigh
  • Monday 11th- Friday 22nd - Test Weeks
  • Boys' Choir @ Palace Theatre - 6pm - 8.30pm
  • Wednesday 13th - Parent Council Meeting - 6pm - 7pm
  • Monday 18th - Year 5/6 Girls' Football @ fields
  • Monday 25th - Learning Conferences
  • Southend Diving Talent - Year 3
  • Year 5/6 Girls' Football @ fields
  • Oliver Jr! dress rehearsal
  • Wednesday 27th - Learning Conferences
  • Essex Cross Country Finals @ Garons
  • Samba Workshop
  • Oliver Jr! dress rehearsal
  • Friday 29th - GOOD FRIDAY

April 2024

  • Monday 1st - EASTER MONDAY
  • Tuesday 2nd - Friday 12th - EASTER HOLIDAYS
  • Monday 15th - Year 5/6 Girls' Football @ fields
  • Tuesday 16th - Netball @ Shoeburyness High - 3.30pm - 5pm
  • Thursday 18th, Friday 19th & Saturday 20th - Oliver Jr! Production
  • Monday 22nd - Year 5/6 Girls' Football @ fields
  • Wednesday 24th - Year 5 Trip to West Stow Village
  • Friday 26th - Year 4 Field Study @ Adventure Island - 8.30am - 2.30pm
  • Monday 29th - Year 5/6 Girls' Football @ fields

May 2024

  • Friday 3rd - Maths Quiz Club Area Heat
  • Monday 6th - Bank Holiday Monday
  • Monday 13th - Friday 17th - Year 6 SATs Week
  • Monday 20th - Friday 24th - Year 6 Awesome Art Week
  • Monday 20th - Bikeability Week (6A & 6W)
  • Year 5/6 Girls' Football @ fields
  • Tuesday 21st - Year 5 presentation to parents (5J & 5R)
  • Wednesday 22nd - Swimming Gala @ Garons - 12.30pm - 3pm
  • Thursday 23rd - Year 5 presentation to parents (5K & 5F)
  • SEESMA Area rehearsals
  • Friday 24th - Year 5 Poetry performance to school
  • Monday 27th - Bank Holiday Monday
  • Tuesday 28th - Friday 31st - May Half Term

June 2024

  • Monday 3rd - INSET Day
  • Tuesday 4th - Friday 14th Multiplication Tables Checks
  • Tuesday 4th - Bikeability Week (6D & 6P)
  • Monday 10th - Friday 14th - Test Week (Years 3, 4 & 5)
  • Tuesday 11th - Late Book Look (6pm - 7pm)
  • Wednesday 12th - Borough Sports - 12pm - 3pm
  • Thursday 13th - Friday 14th - Year 3 Residential to Danbury
  • Thursday 13th - Transition meeting for Year 4 parents (7.30pm)
  • Tuesday 18th - Year 3 Induction Meeting for Year 2 parents from 7.30pm
  • Monday 24th - Friday 28th - Year 6 Residential to Ilam Hall and Southend Week
  • Tuesday 25th & Wednesday 26th - Year 6 Transition Day (King John)

July 2024

  • Monday 8th - Fun Swim Week
  • Thursday 11th - Open Evening
  • Monday 15th - Year 6 House Team Swimming Gala
  • Friday 19th - Last Day of Term
  • Monday 22nd - INSET DAY

Don't forget to check out our new online bookshop here.


Please ensure that your child has their full kit with them on swimming days as we will no longer be phoning home for forgotten kits.


  • 3M - Mrs Millham
  • 4B - Mr Boylan
  • 3N - Mrs Nash & Mrs Mitchinson


  • 3L - Miss Playfair
  • 4G - Mrs Garrett & Mrs Nash
  • 4S - Miss Street


  • 3T - Mrs Thompson
  • 5K - Miss Chapman
  • 5R - Mrs Lewis


  • 6D - Miss Fletcher
  • 5J - Mrs Wilson
  • 5F - Mrs Flower


  • 6W - Mr Dunn
  • 4E - Mrs Rodger
  • 6P - Miss Poysden
  • 6A - Mrs Mears

PE Lessons

Please ensure that your child is wearing their full kit on PE days as we will no longer be phoning home for forgotten kits.

First Half Term:


  • Indoor PE - Wednesday
  • Outdoor PE - Friday


  • Indoor PE - Wednesday
  • Outdoor PE - Thursday


  • Indoor PE - Tuesday
  • Outdoor PE - Thursday


  • Indoor PE - Tuesday
  • Outdoor PE - Friday


  • Indoor PE - Tuesday
  • Outdoor PE - Thursday


  • Indoor PE - Monday
  • Outdoor PE - Wednesday


  • Indoor PE - Monday
  • Outdoor PE - Wednesday


  • Indoor PE - Monday
  • Outdoor PE - Thursday


  • Indoor PE - Friday
  • Outdoor PE - Tuesday


  • Indoor PE - Friday
  • Outdoor PE - Monday


  • Indoor PE - Friday
  • Outdoor PE - Tuesday


  • Indoor PE - Thursday
  • Outdoor PE - Monday


  • Indoor - Thursday
  • Outdoor - Monday


  • Indoor - Wednesday
  • Outdoor - Tuesday


  • Indoor - Thursday
  • Outdoor - Tuesday


  • Indoor - Thursday
  • Outdoor - Monday


Well done to 3M who achieved an impressive 100% attendance this week.


Our most improved in sport award goes to Amelia Bambrick (5J)

Our sports performer award goes to Luca Sutton (6D)

Community Contributions

Please email details of anything your child does to support their community, along-with photos (if available), to the school office, for the attention of Mrs Carr.

Team Points

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